North Carolina landscapes stretch from scenic beaches bordering the Atlantic to the rocky cliffs of the Appalachian Mountains – and nearly everything in between. Home to the “Research Triangle” of prestigious universities, the state has much to offer residents from its major cities to its rural towns.
But aside from North Carolina’s many appeals, the state faces a troubling problem: Nearly one in three of North Carolina’s youth is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.
Additionally, the significant racial and ethnic disparities that exist in obesity prevalence among U.S. children are pronounced in North Carolina’s diverse communities: 22 percent of the state’s residents are Black or African American.*
Thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is working with communities throughout the state to make it easier for kids to lead healthier lives.
*Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Our Work in North Carolina
• Healthy Schools Program locations• Healthy Out-of-School Time locations
In North Carolina, we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.
More than 1,000 schools serving nearly 619,000 students across the state have joined the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, 92 North Carolina schools have been recognized with National Healthy Schools Awards for their outstanding efforts.
Healthier Generation also enlists the help of regional and local partners to create healthier school environments. These partners, such as the North Carolina Division of Public Health's Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention & Health Branch, receive specialized professional development training from Healthier Generation staff and gain access to Healthier Generation’s customized tools, resources and data that empower them to guide schools to improve physical activity and nutrition policies and practices.
We’ve also made it easier for more than 3,400 youth in 53 out-of-school time programs to eat right and move more.
Hear from school champions from just two of the many schools and districts we work with in North Carolina: Durham Public School District, enrolled with the Healthy Schools Program since 2009, and Idlewild Elementary School, enrolled since 2011.
“The changes have had a tremendous impact on the lives of students and staff, providing them with the skills and resources they need to perform various physical activities and live healthier lives with character.”
Dr. Patricia Smith, Physical Education Teacher, Idlewild Elementary School, NC
“If I didn’t have the Alliance on my side, I couldn’t do my job. As a part-time wellness coordinator, I don’t have time to identify resources, develop content and recognize and celebrate all of our schools. The Alliance has been with us every step of the way.”
Kate Turner, Wellness Coordinator, Durham Public School District, NC
Our Healthy Schools Program Manager lives in North Carolina, supporting our work in schools. Hear from her about the impact we’re making in North Carolina.
“I have seen an increase in physical activity and physical education minutes offered at Healthy Schools Program schools. School wellness leaders continue to advocate for integrating healthy programs and practices into the school improvement plans to build sustainability.”
Shauvon Simmons-Wright, Healthy Schools Program Manager, NC
Watch how Southern states, including North Carolina, are helping students to develop healthier habits at school.
Support Our Work in North Carolina
For more than a decade, Healthier Generation has been a catalyst for improving children’s health. Our evidence-based programs, industry agreements and national experts enable us to directly impact more than 20 million children, with a focus on low-income and minority populations who are at increased risk for obesity and other diseases. Read our story and speak with a member our our team to learn more about supporting us in building a healthier generation.